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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday July 27, 2009A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Rest In Peace- A.J. Smith, Editor of the Oklahoma Cowman
-- Jim Robb of the LMIC Says Beef Industry Has Weathered Economic Woes better Than General Economy
-- Tom Leffler Helps us Out on Cattle on Feed Numbers
-- Tyler Norvell Named Lead Lobbyist for Oklahoma Farm Bureau at Oklahoma State Capitol
-- Republican Senators Call on USDA for FULL Analysis of Climate Change Proposal
-- Poultry Community Council Pleased with Court Ruling of Last Week
-- Remember to Register for Master Cattleman Summit
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Rest In Peace- A.J. Smith, Editor of the Oklahoma Cowman
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It was a tragic way to end the 57th Annual Convention of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. As the cattle organization wrapped up their general business session, their longtime editor of the Oklahoma Cowman, A J Smith, who was fighting a valiant battle against cancer collapsed and was rushed to the Midwest City Hospital where he was pronounced dead on Saturday morning, July 25, 2009.
"AJ spent the past three days with his OCA friends and we are deeply
saddened by his passing," said Terry Forst, OCA President. "We express our
deepest condolences to his wife Debra, his son Aaron, his daughters
Christel and Jessi, and the entire Smith family," added
Smith was recognized with numerous honors and awards for his efforts and contributions to the nation's cattle industry. He received the Animal Science Recognition Award, the Beef Master Appreciation Award, the OSU, Animal Science Graduate of Distinction Award, The Oklahoma Hereford Association Heritage Award, the Oklahoma Youth Expo Show Honoree Award and the Honorary Cattlewoman of the Year Award. He was also inducted into the Oklahoma Angus Hall of Fame and served as President of the Southwest American Livestock Foundation.
A Memorial Service honoring the life and legacy of AJ Smith is currently being planned. In lieu of flowers a fund is being established to provide scholarships for his grandchildren. The details of both the service and the scholarship fund should be firmed up early this week- the OCA's Scott Dewald expects the public memorial will be held Thursday or Friday of this week. We will have details as they are made available on our website- as will the website for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.
Jim Robb of the LMIC Says Beef Industry Has Weathered Economic Woes better Than General Economy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Director of the Livestock Market Information Center, Jim Robb, was scheduled to provide a market analysis to help close out the 2009 Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention at the Reed Center in Midwest City. However, that final session of the convention was canceled with the unexpected death of A.J. Smith.
Before these developments, we did have the chance to sit down and visit with Jim Robb about the cattle market, both the short term and long term prospects and some of the outside forces that have buffeted the cattle industry over the last few years.
Specifically, Jim Robb says that for just going through the worse
economic meltdown since the Great Depression, the cattle market is in
remarkable shape. He says that this is the third mega shock the industry
has had to handle this decade, starting with the terrorist attack on 9/11,
then the Cow that Stole Christmas in December 2003 and now this global
economic collapse. He believes that domestic beef demand has hung in there
very well given the economic issues consumers have faced- and that bodes
well for the days ahead when we start to see some economic
Tom Leffler Helps us Out on Cattle on Feed Numbers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Both the July 1 Cattle on Feed report as well as the mid year Cattle Inventory report held no surprises for the cattle trade as they were released on Friday afternoon by USDA. Analysts, including Tom Leffler with Leffler Commodities say that the July first Cattle on Feed report came in close to average trade guesses in all three numbers, total on feed, marketings and placements.
June placements came in at 92% of a year ago, slightly under expectations, marketings were up a little from expectations at 101% of a year ago versus 99% as the pre report average guess, while the number of cattle on feed was down five percent compared to July first of last year- as expected by the trade.
We have the full USDA reports linked in our webpage linked below- as well as the audio with Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities about the numbers that were released by Uncle Sam on Friday afternoon.
Tyler Norvell Named Lead Lobbyist for Oklahoma Farm Bureau at Oklahoma State Capitol
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Farm Bureau's public policy team is undergoing minor adjustments to take advantage of staff strengths. Tyler Norvell has been named director of state affairs and will be the lead lobbyist at the state capitol. "Tyler is extremely knowledgeable about agricultural issues and the political process," said Lori Kromer Peterson, vice president of public policy. "Members and lawmakers will see him on a daily basis during the legislative session, representing Farm Bureau interests."
Peterson said she will continue to use her experience as a lobbyist and attorney to benefit Farm Bureau but will now be able to expand her duties to focus on issues and project management.
Norvell said he looks forward to the challenge of keeping agriculture and rural issues on the legislative front burner. "I want to pursue our current successful strategies, emphasizing the protection of private property rights and our livestock producers' freedom from burdensome government regulations," Norvell said.
Other members of the public policy team will continue to work in their respective areas. Ericka McPherson, director of national affairs, focuses on federal legislation and political education. Marla Peek, director of regulatory affairs and the OFB Legal Foundation, focuses on agency rule makings and implementation as well as management of cases, issues and outside legal counsel for the Foundation.
Republican Senators Call on USDA for FULL Analysis of Climate Change Proposal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Following a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the effects of climate change legislation on farmers, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and other members of the Committee today sent a letter to Dr. Joseph Glauber, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Chief Economist, requesting updates to USDA's study regarding EPA's agriculture analysis of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), joined Sen. Chambliss in signing the letter asking USDA to brief the Committee on the results of the analysis.
Additionally, during the hearing members noted acreage estimates from
the American Farm Bureau Federation regarding the conversion of cropland
to new forest land. Initial estimates calculated from data furnished by
EPA indicated 40 million acres would be subject to afforestation; however
according to Committee calculations, that figure could be significantly
higher, perhaps as much as 78 million acres, which would be 20% of all US
cropland. That high of a number raises major concerns about the ability of
US agriculture to continue to be able to feed and cloth the world.
Poultry Community Council Pleased with Court Ruling of Last Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had the opportunity to get further reaction on the Judge Greg Frizell ruling of last week that removed monetary damages from the case filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson against those northwest Arkansas poultry companies that Edmondson has alleged are polluting the Illinois River watershed. We caught up with Jackie Cunningham of the Poultry Community Council while she was at the Friday sessions of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention- and we talked about what this ruling means for settling this case, as well as the water quality of the Illinois River and the ability to make a living by poultry contract growers in Eastern Oklahoma.
Cunningham had earlier issued a statement on this decision, saying that "We are in the process of reviewing the court's ruling to determine the impact that it is likely to have on the future of the case. The Poultry Community Council is glad the court has seriously considered this motion and we believe this confirms the necessity in filing this motion. Our hope is that the court's ruling gives each party involved an opportunity to have a voice in resolving these matters outside of the courtroom."
You can read the rest of her statement- and hear our brief conversation at the OCA meeting as well by clicking on the link we have provided below.
Click here for more on the Judge's Ruling that Substantially Alters the Lawsuit Brought Forward by Oklahoma AG Drew Edmondson- We Provide Reaction from Jackie Cunningham of the Poultry Community Council
Remember to Register for Master Cattleman Summit
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here's a quick reminder from our friend Glen Selk of the OSU Animal Science Department about one of the big events of summer for their department as they work with cattle producers from across the state.
Beef cattle producers in Oklahoma (and surrounding states) are reminded to register soon for the Master Cattleman Summit to held on the Oklahoma State University campus August 13th and 14th . Producers who attend will gain "hands on" experience in determining forage availability and cattle stocking rates, selecting beef replacement heifers, and using risk management and cowherd management software tools. They will also hear from industry leaders such as Chip Ramsey, manager of the Rex Ranch in Nebraska and Dr. Todd Thrift, Professor of Beef Nutrition and Management at the University of Florida. Register now to assure your spot in this education-packed day and a half on the OSU campus.
We have linked below our calendar page item on the Summit- click on it and you will can learn more about registering for this unique opportunity.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Woodward Livestock Auction sold a total of 6900 cattle this past Friday, with yearling steers called steady to a dollar cheaper, yearling heifers $1 to $1.50 down and calves selling steady. Seven to eight hundred pound steers cleared $100 to $102.75, while eight weight steers clearing from $97 to $102.75. For the complete rundown on the Woodward market from Jerry Nine and his Woodward livestock auction team, click here.
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